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Renewable Polymers: Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(4-ketopimelic acid-glycerol)

Ananda S. Amarasekara*, Muhammad A. Hasan, Eve Larkin

Department of Chemistry, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas 77446, USA

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Journal of Renewable Materials 2017, 5(1), 62-66.


Condensation polymerization of renewable resources-based monomers, 4-ketopimelic acid and glycerol, were studied using two different catalysts; p-toluenesulfonic acid and Sb2O3. The highest polymer yield of 96% was achieved by using a 3:4 mole ratio mixture of 4-ketopimelic acid and glycerol, with Sb2O3 (0.5 mol% relative to 4-ketopimelic acid) as catalyst and heating at 23–210 °C, under N2 for 1 h; then 210 °C, vacuum, 12 h. The poly(4-ketopimelic acid-glycerol) formed is insoluble in all common organic solvents and is shown to contain a branched polymeric structure with ketal and ester links by using FT-IR, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy.


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Amarasekara, A. S., Hasan, M. A., Larkin, E. (2017). Renewable Polymers: Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(4-ketopimelic acid-glycerol). Journal of Renewable Materials, 5(1), 62–66.

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